What is The Future of Forex Trading in Kenya?

Retail Forex trading is no doubt a booming business in Kenya as people search for several investment alternatives. It is currently estimated that the global forex market could be exchanging over $4 trillion dollars every single day and the market is still growing. Kenyans are moving out of the conventional investment options of just buying shares and there is a growing number who have now invested in forex. There is some information that the Kenyan government is planning to start an exchange centre in Nairobi and the question we need to be asking ourselves is what is the future of forex market in Kenya? Are there some good investment opportunities for Kenyans or just but another opportunity that will see thousands of Kenyans lose money?

Let us reflect on what happened when the stock market was ‘opened’ or let us say, people got to know for sure that they can invest in stocks. First there were those who were a little bit skeptical about the whole scenario. This was a time when the president Kibaki government was gaining roots and few people could not trust the government promises. The fears that people had due to the former regime were with them. The IPO for KenGen came and there was a massive 300% over subscription. Those who were lucky to be allocated shares by this time made some good money. Those who never knew what an IPO is got an opportunity not only to trade in the stock market but also to sit and wait for the next IPO. The next major IPO from the most profitable company in east Africa safaricom came. People sold their cows, took bank loans and withdrew their savings in order to get some safaricom shares. They even sold shares they held with other companies, destabilizing the Nairobi stock exchange with the result being that several listed company shares were undervalued and the big players in the market went fishing for them.

The result for many was a pure disaster. Besides paying the bank for the loans they took, they also had to pay interest on the loan, deal with the issue of refund (and before you get the refund, you are still paying interest on your loan), plus the major negative fact that the shares never gave people the returns they were expecting. The other day I watched a heated debate on parliament with members of parliament arguing why there is MTN network in Kenya. I may assume that maybe the problem is not the MTN network in Kenya but what will the future of safaricom shares be when another major competitor penetrates the market ? Brokers who were selling the shares succeeded in giving the true image of safaricom future but I think (this is my opinion), they did not explain the arithmetic part of the shares. The result, people pegged their investment decisions on hopes but not on the reality.

Why am I talking about safaricom shares in an article about forex ? It’s simply because there is a very high likelihood that what happened to the safaricom IPO may repeat itself when the government does move ahead and establish the forex exchange centre here in Kenya. At this time, forex trading will be in the news, journalist will dissect the information and present the great investment stories such as the current forex billionaires who only started with small amounts of money. They will instill nothing but hope and the government will be praised for the job well done. People will be so ‘grateful’ because they will have finally secured an investment opportunity to “solve” their problems.

BUT will this be the situation ? Most people do mass following. They do not take time to study their investment, they follow others. A good number of people will by this time have heard about forex trading but probably doubted but now that the exchange centre is here and having been brought by the government, they will most likely believe, and repeat the same investment mistake; rush into the forex market without clearly understanding the market. I may assume people will take loans, sell their cows and others assets again, pump the money into the forex market but because the forex market happens to be highly volatile, the new beginners will most likely lose everything. The result is that they will go back to the journalist complaining of what is happening, write bad comments about the forex brokers they are using, tell everyone not to invest in forex, ….but the actual problem would be, they never knew what they were doing in the first place. If so many people lose, which is highly likely because I doubt if people will get training on how to trade forex before trading, the government maybe forced to come up with some measures to protect people from losing more money. Basically, you might hear of such regulations as one must be having a certain minimum amount of capital (in millions, which will block out several people and eliminate the use of high leverage) to invest in forex while at the moment you can open a forex account with as little as $25. The brokers operating in country may be required not to offer high leverage (not more than 1:50) like it is the case now in USA.

What is the way forward ? Only those people who adequately train in forex eventually make it. The rest juts lose their money. Kenyans should take the advantages being offered by the forex market but do so in such a manner that our hard earned money is not lost but rather gain more capital which we bring back into the country. There are different places where one can traine and www.kenyaforexanswers.com is a Kenyan site offering you free lessons on forex trading. You need to learn the dynamics of the market before you can benefit from this mega market. Should you wish to get more information on forex or one on one training, you can call me on 0727 29 29 60. My name is Patrick and I am a full time forex trader. I will be glad to help you out and see you succeed.

Making Money Online

Written by guest contributor Jennifer Gorton from Forex Indicators.

If you haven’t thought of putting some of your paycheck into a savings account, there is no better time to start then now. Having a savings account will provide a cache of money that is stored away in case of emergencies. The money can also be used down the road as a down payment for your dream home or renovations of your current home. At the moment, the interest rates banks are offering are so low that the return you are getting by keeping your money in a savings account is minimal. Even though the return is minimal, your savings will slowly build up over time to a significant sum.

Interest rates that everyone is receiving right now might be just too low to justify keeping your money in a savings account. If you feel this way, there are other options available: there are stock brokers that will allow you to buy and sell stock online, charging little in commission. Some banks even offer their brokerage services that will allow you to make commission free trades up to a certain limit. This is a nice service to have as many investors that do not actively trade enough to warrant opening up another account with a different broker.

Having your checking, savings, and brokerage account all with one company makes transferring funds between your accounts easier. You can still keep some of your money in the savings account while adding small amounts to the brokerage account to buy stock. Buying stocks with higher dividend yields than the current savings interest rate might also appeal to you as an investor. With your money earning more, there might be an added incentive to add more of your paycheck to the brokerage account.

Opening up a foreign exchange account is another alternative to a savings account or buying stock. The foreign currency market, or Forex market as it is referred to, is the largest market available to invest or trade. With over four billion dollars changing hands each day, the currency market is a viable alternative that could produce a higher yield. If you are looking to trade to currency markets, be warned it is not as easy as letting your money sit in a savings account. The price of currencies will move quite substantially throughout the trading day and night. The Forex market is open 24 hours a day 5 days a week, so it is possible to trade or make longer term investments at a time convenient to you. The big swings in price could cause the average investor anxiety as your position might be profitable one moment and showing a loss next.

The big swings, however, are the reason that big profits can be made investing in currencies. All Forex brokers will introduce you to the latest strategies and ideas through training videos. The online retail currency brokers have these videos on their web pages for new investors to watch and learn from. These videos will tell the investor what the best Forex indicators are, and when and how to appropriately use them. There are many indicators out there that will help to predict the future price of the currency. If you utilize this, then these big swings in the price won’t give you as much anxiety because you will be able to understand at what time to close out your positions.

Currency positions can also be used by the more sophisticated investors as a hedge for another open position. Say the investor has bought shares of a company that is paying a high dividend, wants to hold the company for a few years, and then collect the quarterly payments for income. If the company is based in the United States and the market starts to go south, the stock has the potential to lose value.

The investor still wants to hold the stock for the dividend, but would like to make sure that the loss in share price is offset by a gain in another asset. If the U.S. market is going lower because of economic issues, he can then take a short position in the U.S. Dollar. If the U.S. economy weakens and the market continues to go down, the investor will profit from being short the currency of the country. He can then continue to collect his dividend payment without feeling as though his stock position is costing him in the long run. All reputable online brokers have investment advisors that are more than happy to talk to you about investment ideas. Make sure you talk to them so you can be confident that your investment decisions will make you money.

Why Most People Go Wrong In Forex Trading!!!

I’m going to show you the 5 myths about Forex trading and why they are all wrong. Believing in a fake myth is a huge danger. Lots of traders learned this on the worst possible way…

When you finish reading this small report, you’ll be one step ahead them.

Myth number 1 – If I know how to trade stocks, I know how to make money in Forex:
If you have experience trading stocks and think you can simply apply your knowledge in Forex and make money, you’re going to be disappointed. The Forex market is much more complex. Firstly, the Forex market is open 24 hours a day. This may not seem a big deal but it’s a significant difference in relation to the stock market. As the Forex market is open 24 hours a day, this brings more complexity to a trader. If in the stock market you have periods of higher and lower volatility, in the Forex these differences are even higher.

Many stock traders think the Forex market is easy because it is open 24 hours a day. They think they can trade whenever they want and make their quick bucks. Truth is you can make money in Forex. But for that, you need to have a deep knowledge about this market. You have to know the best time to trade Forex in order to adjust your strategy to this market.

Besides this, the indicators that work in stocks don’t always work in Forex. The Forex market is more complex and, this way, the indicators that you use on stocks don’t work so well here.

Brokers are another huge difference between stocks and Forex. In the Forex market, due to the lack of regulation, a lot of Forex brokers don’t act in their clients’ best interest. It’s a lot more difficult to find a good Forex broker than a stock broker.

Later on this Free mini course I will tell you how to avoid Forex Brokers Scams.

Myth number 2 – Since the market is open 24 hours a day, you can make Money anytime you want:
Once again, this is not true. In order to make money, a trader needs volatility. Although this market is open 24 hours a day, in the majority of the time there isn’t enough volatility to make good trades. This is a big challenge because volatility can appear at any time of the day and the trader can’t be watching the market all the time. He has to adjust his strategy in order to trade only in high volatility periods.

Myth number 3 – There are no trading fees in Forex:
You don’t pay a commission fee when you place an order. Although, you pay the spread, which is the difference between the bid and the ask.

This way, the more you trade, the harder it will be to make money in Forex because you’ll have higher fees. In the Forex market, as in any other market, a trader must avoid the overtrading at all costs.

Myth number 4 – You need to predict what will happen to make money in Forex:
In order to make money in Forex, you need to react to what is happening. This is not the same thing as predict. A good trader simply reacts to whatever the market is telling him. He analyses charts, reads the news and all information he has at his disposal in order to react as fast as possible to market movements.

Myth number 5 – The more complicated my strategy, the best:
This is another myth that has nothing to do with reality on Forex trading. The truth is that usually the simple strategies or systems outperform the complicated ones.

This article was written by Moses, an online forex trading expert. If you would like to learn more about online forex trading, please contact Moses.

3 Hot Tips For Online Forex Traders

If you’re just starting trading Forex, there are a few tips that can save you time, work and money.

The first tip is extremely simple:

1. Trade just a single currency pair – Most professionals trade just one or 2 currency pairs at most. However, most beginners tend to try to trade all the currency pairs. If you’re just starting trading Forex, it’s a good idea to trade for example the EUR/USD. Don’t trade anything else unless you already have lots of experience with this currency pair and feel you can start trading 2 currency pairs.

2. Trade the larger time-frames – Other common mistake in Forex is that traders try to make a quick buck. This way they tend to trade intraday charts in order to capture fast profits. This is a mistake. No matter what strategy or system you’re using, there’s a good probability that it will work much better on larger time frames. If you decide to start trading using, for example, a 4 hours chart, you’re way ahead of traders that try to trade on a 5 minute chart. The truth is that in the intraday charts there’s much noise, and since you can’t trade 24 hours a day, you end up losing some of the best movements. If you’re trading larger time frames, you’ll trade with less stress and you’ll be able to capture bigger trends. With these 2 advantages, it will be easier to start making money in Forex.

3. You need to use good risk management rules – Don’t start using too much leverage, because if you do so, a single mistake can make you lose your entire account. If you start by risking no more than 2% or 5% of your account on a single trade, you’re protecting your account in case something goes wrong. This is one of the best tips you can follow in Forex. Most traders lose money because they use too much margin. They end up losing all their account before they even learn how to trade Forex successfully.

If you follow these simple 3 tips, you’ll be on the right track to trade Forex successfully. These rules are simple but highly successful.

If you would like to learn more about online forex trading, please contact Moses.

The Forex Market

In case you had been wondering; the foreign exchange (forex) market is all about trading between countries, the currencies of those countries usually through a broker. Many people are involved in forex trading, which is similar to stock market trading, but FX trading is completed on a much larger overall scale.

Much of the trading does take place between banks, governments, brokers and a small amount of trades will take place in retail settings where the average person involved in trading is known as a spectator. Inside the past, the forex trading inter-bank marketplace was not offered to modest speculators because of the big minimum transaction sizes and strict monetary requirements.

These days, foreign exchange marketplace brokers are able to break down the larger sized inter-bank units, and offer modest traders like you and me the opportunity to buy or sell any number of these smaller units. These brokers give any size trader, including individual speculators or smaller firms, the choice to trade at the same rates and price tag movements as the big players who once dominated the marketplace.

Financial markets and financial conditions make the forex market trading go up and down daily. Value movements within the foreign exchange marketplace are extremely smooth and without having the gaps that you just face practically each morning within the stock marketplace. The regular turnover within the foreign exchange marketplace is somewhere around $3.2 trillion, so a new investor can enter and exit positions without having any issues.

The currencies on the entire world are on a floating exchange rate, and they’re constantly traded in pairs Euro/Dollar, Dollar/Yen, etc. About 85 percent of all regular transactions involve exchanging on the four key currency pairs which are; EUR/USD, USD/JPY, GBP/USD, and USD/CHF.

Transactions within the foreign exchange marketplace are performed by dealers at key banks or Currency trading brokerage firms. Currency trading is often a needed part on the entire world wide marketplace, so when you’re sleeping in the comfort of your bed, the dealers in Europe are exchanging currencies with their Japanese counterparts. Consequently, it is reasonable for you to believe that the foreign exchange marketplace is active 24 hours a day and dealers at key institutions are working 24/7 in three distinct shifts. The fact is that the foreign exchange marketplace never stops; even on September 11, 2001 you could still get your hands on two-side quotes on currencies.

The foreign exchange marketplace, FX marketplace for short, is the largest, least regulated and oldest monetary marketplace in the entire world. It is the most liquid marketplace in the entire world, and it is traded mostly via the 24 hour-a-day inter-bank foreign exchange marketplace.

Unlike the futures and stock markets, exchanging currencies isn’t centered on an exchange. Investing moves from key banking centers on the U.S. to Australia and New Zealand, towards the Far East, to Europe and finally back towards the U.S. it is really a full circle exchanging game.

In summary, the foreign exchange market is a very unique and the most interesting business opportunity with great rewards. Anyone can learn about the FX market and become a pro. All you need is a computer, internet, the skills and the starting capital.

For more information or anyone who may be interested in training could contact Ruth via cell; 0724642468 or write her an email at g3ruth[at]yahoo.com.

Forex Trading In Kenya – An Introduction

Forex or foreign exchange or simply FX, are terms used to represent the many world currencies being traded in the market. There is no single central forex market in Kenya, or the world. The foreign exchange market is more like an over the counter market and trading typically happens between two people/companies directly. You can trade currencies over the phone, or through the Internet from the world over. Some of the main forex trading centers are New York, London, Frankfurt, Sydney, and Tokyo. Due to these worldwide located hubs, the forex market pretty much trades around the clock.

What is Forex Trading?
Forex trading in Kenya or anywhere else in the world, is the buying and selling of a combination of two currencies simultaneously. This combination of trading currencies is known as ‘cross.’ For example: you can buy the Euro and sell the US dollar or you can buy Japanese yen and sell the GB pound or any other combinations. However, there are some currencies that are traded more often than others. These combinations of currencies, “crosses”, are known as ‘majors’ and include EURUSD (Euro-USD), USDJPY (USD-Yen), and GBPUSD (Pound-USD).

Another thing to remember when trading foreign exchange is that the forex market’s maximum volume of trade is known as the ‘spot market’. This is because the various trades get settled on an immediate or “on-the-spot” basis here. Typically, immediate means 2 banking days.

So How Do You Make Money?
Well, you make money by trading: buying low and selling high. One of the simplest ways to do this is by ‘forward outrights’.

Forward Outrights – simply put, this is a contract to buy an agreed amount of a certain currency at a future date and at a fixed price. For example, you could agree to buy $1,000 next month at Kshs 76 per dollar. When next month comes, if the dollar has risen to, say, Kshs 78 per dollar, then you can buy 1,000 dollars at 76 and selling them at 78, making Kshs 2 per dollar. It’s a gamble but can pay off quite well.

In the past, foreign exchange trading required huge amounts of money to start and was only for the “big boys”. However in the 1980s the rules were changed, and now even individuals can trade forex profitably and fairly easily. One major improvement is margin accounts.Basically, having a 100:1 margin account means that you can control $100,000 using only $1,000 of your own money. That said, ofrex trading is not always a smple affair. Every aspiring forex trader has to educate himself in order to make goos investment decisions. Once started, the trading is not difficult. But it is risky.

Why Trade Forex?
The advantages of trading forex and making money online are many. Some of these are:

  1. Around the clock trading – You can trade from Sunday evening 20:00 GMT to Friday evening 22:00 GMT.
  2. Higher Liquidity – You will always find buyers and sellers to trade FX with. The high market liquidity helps in stabilizing the price and narrow down the spreads.
  3. No commissions – Most forex trade is done without commission. This is one of the main reasons for foreign exchange trading being such as wonderful online money making choice for people in Kenya or the US.

How to Start Trading FX
To start trading, all you need a FX account with funds to buy forex and a PC with a good speed Internet connection. For beginners, we recommend sharpening your trading skills by opening a demo account with a good FX trading company. The account is free and allows you to ‘play’ with your funds to learn the trade. You can get a free practice account here or here.

In order to minimize your risks and maximize your gains, research extensively on the subject and use proper trading tools only. Do not hesitate to ask us for more information. Good luck. 🙂